Two of the grandchildren are graduating from college this year, and we wanted to get everyone (11 of us) together. It would be harder when they were working.
Two of our children drove us down to LA from Sonoma, and the whole family stayed at the Crowne Plaza in San Pedro (Priceline). We divided the wine in the car among the adults, as most flew in.
Our ship was at Pier 93, the best organized at LA. Having a car, we shuttled to the pier in groups rather than wait for the hotel's shuttle, and started arriving there about 10:30, just in time to check in. Check in was a breeze, and we were through security and into the lounge even before the wine checkers arrived. We were able to go to our cabin before noon. We met for lunch at the MDR. Love the salmon that day.
We lived it up and booked a suite, so there was room for everyone to get together for social hour before dinner. We loved the suite, and enjoyed sitting on the comfortable loungers on the balcony - so much more comfortable than the new balcony furniture.
Our TA arranged a table for 11 in the Vivaldi dining room (they had osso bucco available for dinner and it was marvelous.). The dining room staff was very helpful - we had one person who couldn't eat much salt, one allergic to peanuts, and one vegan, so they were pretty busy with us.
Disembarkation was the best ever - I needed a wheelchair, and the waiting place had plenty of room for us as there weren't many handicapped people on this holiday cruise.
Ensenada is a waste of time if you have taken a number of Princess cruises from California, as Princess always docks there. We went to Puerto Vallarta - great choice, Cabo - also good. It would seem to us to be a better use of our port time to spend and extra day in PV, or go to Mazatlan or La Paz.